North Korea has claimed that the test of a mid-to-long range missile on Sunday, supervised by leader Kim Jong-un, was aimed at verifying the capability to carry a “large-scale, heavy nuclear warhead.”

Kim accused the United States of “browbeating” countries that “have no nukes” and warned Washington not to misjudge the reality that its mainland is in the North’s “sighting range for strike”, the North’s official KCNA news agency reported.

KCNA said the missile fired local time on Sunday morning was a Hwasong-12 “capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead”.

The North fired the ballistic missile that landed in the sea near Russia on Sunday in a launch that Washington called a message to South Korea, days after its new president took office pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue. Continue reading.